JUSTO VILLAR : 7
Made a fantastic save to deny Xabi Alonso’s penalty, but was incredibly lucky not to be penalised for tripping Fabregas as he rushed in to nod Alonso’s rebound. Made decent saves otherwise, and can’t be blamed much.
DARIO VERON: 5
Did not drift away too much from his position, and stuck to his task of marking anyone on his flank. Villa got the better of him a couple of times, but stuck to his defensive duties well enough. Maybe should have tested Capdevila more.
PAULO DA SILVA: 5
Dunno how many people noticed, but he made an unbelievable goal-line clearance from the shot after Alonso’s penalty rebounded. Extra mark for that, but otherwise he was clearly troubled by an in-form Villa.
ANTOLIN ALCARAZ: 4
Maybe a sharper Torres would have been harder to handle, but he did ensure Torres had a tough time out there. Gave away the penalty though, negative marks for that.
CLAUDIO MOREL: 4
If Paraguay had made use of his pretty decent long balls into the box, would’ve been a different story. That said, apart couple of those which he sent in, nothing worth remembering defensively.
VICTOR CACERES: 7
Paraguay’s best player maybe? Did a good job closing down his opponents, provided able support throughout. Pressed the Spaniards from the beginning, reducing their time and space, and made some average runs into the box. Just what you want from your midfield shield.
EDGAR BARETTO: 3
In all honesty, i can’t even remember him. Even the commentator didn’t say his name much I think. I believe he was their playmaker, and he was subbed of the 65th minute or so. Maybe needed more of the ball.
CHRISTIAN RIVEROS: 6
Set up Valdes nicely with some decent passes, and like many of his team-mates, always closed down the Spanish when they had the ball.
JOHANTAH SANTANA: 5
Carried out his defensive duties well, but I was expecting more from him offensively. Should have made some contact with that beauty of a cross.
OSCAR CARDOZO: 2
Missed a penalty, and that was his biggest highlight of the match. Nothing fancy otherwise, and paled in comparison to Valdez
NELSON HAEDO VALDEZ: 7
Impressive. Made Puyol look ordinary, more than once. If Paraguay were to get a goal, i thought it would probably be him.
ENRIQUE VERA : 3
Fresh legs. Nothing more, nothing less.
LUCAS BARRIOS: 5
Made space beautifully for his shot, and a pity Santa Cruz didn’t bundle it home. Created a chance, and that’s all he could really do, in what less than the 10 minutes he had.
ROQUE SANTA CRUZ: 2
Match-fit or not, that was the best opportunity all night, and for someone so experienced he SHOULD have scored. Like the commentator said, he was just happy to blast the ball. Little more intelligence and composure, that we can expect from this guy. Disappointing.
COACH- GERARDO MARTINO: 7
His team looked motivated, and the strategy of his players closing down Spain was working. If they had scored the penalty, different story. And smart substitutions too.
Saved the penalty, and made a fine double-save in the end, though he should have actually held on to Barrios’s shot and not allowed Santa Cruz the rebound.
JOAN CAPDEVILA: 6
Good enough actually. Decent interceptions and tackles. Nothing special moving forward though, though that’s nothing surprising.
Vladez made this guy look ordinary on multiple occasions! Otherwise it was his typical physical performance, though he should have been marshalling his defence when Paraguay had a couple of glorious chances from crosses early on.
WHAT was THAT? Lucky not to be red-carded! Good tackles otherwise, and is lucky to have Puyol’s experience by his side in Barca and Spain.
Bundle of energy going forward, always looked dangerous. And was decent defensively too, though allowed Barrios space to take that shot towards the end.
It’s impossible to see him playing a neat ball front or a defence-splitting through pass, but that’s because he shouldn’t, and he needn’t. He keeps stuff simple, and i mean simple simple. One touch on the ball, and then passes it to the closest team-mate, and keeps the midfield ticking. Nothing fancy, nothing spectacular, intelligent as ever, silently lubricates their midfield beautifully.
SHABBY XABI ALONSO: 5
Missed a penalty. Not his best day, even without the missed penalty. Expected more creativity from him.
Ddin’t find the killer ball, and blasted 2 shot wide in the starting. Good passing otherwise, and always looked dangerous to set up someone.
Looked like Praguay suffocated him to submission, but that man with magic touch carved open their defence with his run, and set-up Pedro with an exquisitely simple pass. Made a nuisance of himself throughout. Extra marks, obviously, for setting up the goal.
Is this the Torres we are used to, day in day out? NO
Is this the Torres we are used to, at the World Cup? YES , indeed.
Not sharp enough, and would dribble past someone only to lose possession with some atrocious shot.
Don’t ask me why. He drew the penalty, and scored finally. Turned his marker inside out several times too.
Did a great job. Intelligent, created space, and useful with the ball. Deserved a penalty nonetheless, for being tripped down on Alonso’ rebound.
Hit the post, but Villa scored anyways. Good performance though.
Came in for Puyol, and did no wrong.
COACH- DEL BOSQUE: 7
Good substitutions, and Spain won it, and always looked like scoring as the match progressed.
Paraguay’s penalty should have been re-taken, was not.
Spain’s probably did not deserve to be (There was ONLY HALF A HAND inside the box).
Inconsistent. And Spain deserved a penalty for Fabregas being tripped.